FBI issues connected car hacking warning

Drivers must ensure their vehicles' software is up to date, agency warns

Vehicles are "increasingly vulnerable" to being hacked, the FBI and US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have warned drivers via a public service announcement.

The warning refers to research demonstrating various remote exploits that allow hackers to gain control over vehicle functions through vulnerabilities present in wireless communications. While these issues have been addressed, the announcement stated, other vulnerabilities remain.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The bulletin read: "While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle it is important that consumers take appropriate steps to minimise risk.

"Therefore, the FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles."

Third-party devices connected to vehicles, such as mobile phones and tablets connected via USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, pose a particular risk to security, the agencies said.

If a hacker gains access this way, they added, it would be possible for them to manipulate critical control systems or be able to access user data stored on the vehicle.

Last year, researchers from the University of California demonstrated a way for hackers to access an insurance black box fitted to a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, gaining control of the brakes and windscreen wipers by simply using a text message. Later, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it would update almost 8,000 of its cars in the US in order to fight cyber criminals.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

To minimise risk, the FBI and NHTSA recommend that drivers ensure all software is up to date, as well as taking care when making unauthorised modifications.

Featured Resources

The case for a marketing content hub

Transform your digital marketing to deliver customer expectations

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Why CEOS should care about the move to SAP S/4HANA

And how they can accelerate business value

Download now

IT faces new security challenges in the wake of COVID-19

Beat the crisis by learning how to secure your network

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/security/phishing/355936/inky-announces-20m-series-b-funding-round
phishing

INKY announces $20M Series B funding round

4 Jun 2020
Visit/security/ransomware/355909/microsoft-issues-warning-about-new-ponyfinal-ransomware-attacks
ransomware

Microsoft issues warning about new PonyFinal ransomware attacks

3 Jun 2020
Visit/security/data-breaches/355908/amtrak-guest-reward-suffers-a-data-breach
data breaches

Amtrak Guest Reward suffers a data breach

3 Jun 2020
Visit/security/cyber-security/355903/brand-impersonation-and-form-based-attacks-are-rising
cyber security

Brand-impersonation and form-based attacks are rising

3 Jun 2020

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/ios/355935/apple-confirms-serious-bugs-in-ios-135
iOS

Apple confirms serious bugs in iOS 13.5

4 Jun 2020
Visit/mobile/5g/355911/the-uk-pivots-to-japan-for-5g-equipment
5G

The UK looks to Japan and South Korea for 5G equipment

4 Jun 2020
Visit/server-storage/high-performance-computing-hpc/355916/inside-the-hawk-supercomputer
high-performance computing (HPC)

AMD virtual tour takes us inside Europe's Hawk supercomputer

4 Jun 2020